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It Doesn’t Seem Like 10 Years
February 22, 2008

I was joking with Coins Magazine editor Bob Van Ryzin the other day. I said, "Do you realize that 46 of the 50 states quarters have now been released. Doesn't that make you feel old?"

He laughed. What made it funny is our shared memories. We were both at an internal Krause Publications meeting when Bob offered his observations on what the 50 states program would mean for our readers and our future as a numismatic publishing firm.

To say that Bob thought the impact would be big is an understatement. He knew it would be huge and if anyone in that room at the time had any doubt about it, it was dispelled then and there.

Well, here we both are now coming into the home stretch of a 10-year program. Who would have believed it? A decade seemed so long to look ahead. It passed quickly.

I often wonder about all of the state quarter sets started by kids that were left uncompleted as the years passed. Ten, twenty or thirty years from now they will come back to these sets and some will then try to finish them. They will go on to enjoy a fruitful hobby career.

But then that is something Bob expected at our meeting a decade ago and that is no joke.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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